Cytokine Storms, Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience, The 4: Post Corona
Plus twitter highlights…
***Please note that a posted link or tweet does not necessarily equal an endorsement of the author or the ideas expressed in the link or tweet, sometimes I may completely disagree with it, but nonetheless think it’s worth sharing for educational purposes. Thank you for your understanding.***
One of the frightening aspects of Covid-19 has been its serious and sometimes deadly impact on relatively young and otherwise healthy individuals.
A potential reason? Cytokine Storms:
One answer is what was happening to Fiske. His body had begun to fight the coronavirus with the immune system’s equivalent of thermonuclear weapons — proteins so powerful they risk annihilating the body they are supposed to protect. This massive over-reaction, known as a cytokine storm, is believed to be a major reason that a growing number of exceedingly fit people find themselves fighting for their lives.
This article in Stat News, by Gabrielle Glaser, profiles an otherwise health, 47-year-old marathon runner from New Jersey who very nearly died after contracting the virus — thankfully he did not but this piece does a good job of highlighting just how many variables and unknowns our health care workers are dealing with right now.
It’s the most detailed plan I have yet seen on how to ramp up testing and combine with contract tracing and supported isolation to beat the virus.
Alex Tabarrok is a co-author, with a team of others led by Danielle Allen and Glen Weyl at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, on a Roadmap To Pandemic Resilience (click the link for the full 56-page document).
The Four — Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google — are an invasive species that, over the last decade, have compromised the immunities of the retail and media sectors. Spend has rushed toward digital, where apex predators take 1 of 3 e-commerce dollars (Amazon) and 2 of 3 digital marketing dollars (Google/Facebook). Covid-19 is just finishing the job that the search and social firms started.
Scott Galloway, as he so often does, writes very eloquently and insightfully (for a layman like me anyway) about “the four,” aka Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.
The question we, and our elected officials, will face post corona is: Are big tech firms run by good people who have demonstrated admirable citizenship, or are they a threat to the ecosystem and should be broken up? The answer is yes.